Inday’s outermost rainbands may affect Batanes; monsoon rains persist in western parts of Central, Southern Luzon


Typhoon Inday (international name: Muifa) continued to move slowly away from the country’s landmass but its outermost rainbands may still bring rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday, Sept. 11.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA estimated the center of the eye of Inday at 335 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.

The typhoon was moving west-northwestward at 10 kilometers per hour (kph), while packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph.

“Typhoon Inday remains less likely to directly bring heavy rains in the country throughout the forecast period. However, its outermost rainbands and the southwest monsoon may bring rain showers and thunderstorms over Batanes and the western sections of Central and Southern Luzon,” PAGASA said.

“The latest forecast scenario for Inday shows that while the hoisting of tropical cyclone wind signals remains less likely at this time, further westward shift in the track forecast and/or expansion in the extent of tropical cyclone winds may result in the hoisting of wind signals over portions of extreme Northern Luzon,” it added.

PAGASA said wind gusts may be experienced over extreme Northern Luzon on Monday, Sept, 12, “due to the channeling of the typhoon circulation in the Luzon Strait.”

In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said Inday may cause moderate to rough seas over the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon.

“These conditions may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating these conditions,” it said.

Based on the latest track forecast, Inday may exit the country’s area of responsibility by Tuesday afternoon or evening, Sept. 13.